Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) successively processed two cases of alleged illegal tour guides and took official statements against the offenders.
In the afternoon of 10 May, MGTO Inspection Division was informed by the Public Security Police Force that, as reported by a resident, there was an individual allegedly working as an illegal tour guide in the shuttle bus drop-off area of an entertainment establishment in Taipa. The Inspection Division immediately followed up on the case and analyzed the evidence and verbal reports. Since there were strong indications the individual from Mainland China was working as an illegal tour guide in Macao, an official statement was taken against the individual. The tour group involved in this case comprised 48 visitors from Maoming, Guangdong.
MGTO took action to combat operation of unlicensed tour guides at the Border Gate last Thursday (9 May) and successfully took an official statement against an individual who was working as a tour guide without a local tour guide licence. MGTO will continue to carry out inspections targeting the issue and combat against the irregularity. Upon discovery that an individual works as an illegal tour guide, the Office will take immediate action to report and wage sanction against the irregularity.
In accordance with the current regulations concerned, a party who works illegally as a tour guide in Macao will be issued a monetary penalty of 20,000 to 30,000 patacas.